Lawrence Zimmerman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlanta, GA

The Law Office of Lawrence J Zimmerman
 | 1800 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-351-3000
Fax: 404-352-5636
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

Exclusively devoted to criminal defense law, Lawrence Zimmerman is the founder of his firm, Lawrence J. Zimmerman. He is known for excellence in protecting clients in Atlanta and throughout northern Georgia in matters involving fraud, felonies, misdemeanors, drug crimes and sex crimes.

In 1994, Mr. Zimmerman received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Florida. He then attended the Roger Williams University School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1998.

From his days in law school, Mr. Zimmerman has had one focus: defending clients throughout the criminal process. At any point –– during an investigation, arrest or trial –– someone’s rights may be in jeopardy. Mr. Zimmerman is backed by decades of experience navigating each of these circumstances. He has appeared in state and federal courts on a client’s behalf.

Among his accomplishments, Mr. Zimmerman has been successul in acquitting or having charges dismissed against clients who have been charged with serious felony offenses including charges such as murder, sex offenses, and white collar crimes. While he handles all serious felony offenses, a large part of his practice is dedicated to representing those accused of sex crimes. 

For his achievements and exceptional client service, Mr. Zimmerman holds an Avvo “Superb” rating. The Southern Center for Human Rights also presented him in 2018 with its Gideon’s Promise Award for his legal defense for the man falsely accused of burning the Atlanta interstate. He also received an Emmy Award for the Southeastern Region for some television work he did as part of a legal panel for 11 Alive News.

Mr. Zimmerman is a member of organizations such as the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers where he is currently Vice-President and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  From 2015-2018 he also worked with the Atlanta Falcons security team. 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (80%): Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft

Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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White Papers

  • How Not To Get Thrown in Jail (2017) - Georgia Bar Journal article on contempt. It was published on the magazine cover for June 2017. 

  • About Lawrence Zimmerman

    Admitted: 1998, Georgia

    Professional Webpage: https://www.atlantanotguilty.com/lawrence-zimmerman

    Honors/Awards:

    • Received an Emmy Award for being part of 11 Alive's Legal Dream team with host Vinnie Politan, Emmy Award, Southeast Region, 2017
    • Awarded for successful 3 years as chair of GACDL's Strike Force. , President's Award, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2019
    • This award is for the work done by certain members who are on the Board of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President's Award, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
    • Received award for successfully representing various members charged with criminal contempt of court, Strike Force Award, Georgia Assocation of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016
    • This award was bestowed upon the legal team of Basil Eleby. He was the homeless man falsely accused of setting the Atlanta highway on fire. The burning of this bridge snarled traffic for months in Atlanta and caused issues for many traveling in and out of the city. Due to our legal work, we were able to show the District Attorney that Mr. Eleby had an alibi and was being falsely accused of the crime. Thus, this prestigious award was given to Mr. Zimmerman and the other attorneys on the team, Gideon's Promise Award, Southern Center for Human Rights, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) Chair of Strike Force
    • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), Vice President, 2018
    • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) President-Elect, 2019
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
    • GACDL Lawyer Assistance and Media Relations committee, Chair
    • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), Life Member
    • Mr. Zimmerman has been a member of the following at times: Atlanta Bar Assocation, Federal Bar Association, Lawyers Club of Atlanta, Marietta Lawyers Club and the Cobb County Bar Association. 

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Cobb County American Cancer Society's Annual Swordsman's Ball. I have twice co-chaired the Silent Auction Committee to raise money for the event. In addition, in the years when I was not on the committee, I was involved in volunteering my time with the event throughout the year, 2006

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Fall 2006 Seminar, Speaker, ”Transitioning Your Law Practice From State Criminal Defense to Federal Criminal Defense”
    • Co-chair at GSU Law School a CLE concerning digitial evidence. Also, spoke on different topics over two days. , Chair and Speaker, Harnessing Digital Evidence, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2019
    • National Rifle Association, Recurrent Speaker, ”Firearms and Legal Issues in Georgia as it Pertains to Self-Defense and Carrying a Concealed Weapon”
    • Cobb County Bar Criminal Defense Association, Speaker, “Effective Assistance of Counsel”, 2015
    • GACDL, Winter Seminar, 2015, Article on Zealous Representation
    • GACDL Spring Seminar 2015, 21ST Century Forensics
    • Emory University School of Law- October 2018, Panel Speaker
    • Georgia Childcare Owners Association, 2017 Seminar, Speaker, “Crisis Communications And The Media”
    • GACDL, Winter Seminar, 2017, “Handling High Profile, Low Profile And No Profile Cases”
    • IP & Entertainment North American Law Summit, Nov. 2017, Speaker
    • Cobb County Legal Professionals Association, June 2018, Speaker
    • Spoke to the legal professionals on how to deal with the media in high profile cases, Speaker, Managing Cases with Media Attention, Cobb County Legal Professionals Assocation
    • Scholarly article, Author, How Not to Get Thrown In Jail, Georgia Bar Journal, 2017
    • Mr. Zimmerman spoke at the GACDL seminar and wrote materials that were published for the lawyers attending the seminar, Seminar Speaker-, Transitioning Your State Law Practice to a Federal Law Practice, GACDL, 2006
    • Mr. Zimmeman spoke at a seminar about handling DUI cases for first timers. He wrote the materials taht were provided to the attendees, Speaker, LawReviewCLE, 2011
    • Mr. Zimmerman spoke at a seminar regarding the Bureau of Prisons and also tips on handling both pre-trial interviews and pre-sentencing interviews. His written materials were provided to attendees, Speaker at the Spring Fling, Federal Defender, Inc., 2011
    • Spoke to the Georgia Assocation of Criminal Defense Lawyers about handling high profile matters, Speaker, Handling High Profile Cases, GACDL
    • Spoke at conference in Jamaica at the annual and Entertainment and IP Law conference. I was on a panel of fellow "Dream Teamers" who regularly appear on 11 Alive. We also discussed our various other roles working as analysts and how to balance that out with your real job as a lawyer, Speaker, Lawyers on Television, Entertaiment And IP Law Group
    • Spoke to the GA Bar at a conference in St. Simons on avoiding contempt of court, Speaker, How Not to Get Thrown In Jail, Georgia Bar Association, 2017
    • I was invited to speak to the Cobb County Criminal Defense Bar about fighting criminal charges on behalf of our clients, Speaker, Criminal Law, Cobb County Criminal Defense Bar, 2015

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Represented a lawyer falsely accused of Peeping Tom. We presented all of our digital evidence including alarm panel entries and surveillance video. The District Attorney agreed to not indict and dropped the case. , 2019
    • Represented an NFL player in a local case. We were able to have all of the charges successfully dropped. , 2017
    • Client falsey accused of rape in Cobb County and unfortunately it was all over the news because it involved college students. We did an extensive investigation and presented the evidence to the District Attorney who agreed to drop all of the charges. , 2018
    • Client falsely accused of rape in Forsyth County. After an extensive investigation by our office, we convinced the District Attorney to drop the charges and not file an indictment. , 2018
    • Represented a Cobb County foster parent in Douglas County Superior Court who was charged with child molestation. He was falsely accused by the police and a cashier at Sears. The child said nothing happened to him and that my client (the grandfather) did nothing inappropriate. We tried the case to a jury which resulted in a Not Guilty on Counts 1 & 3 with a directed verdict on Count 2. , 2019

    Representative Clients:

    • Worked as outside counsel for the Atlanta Falcons security team with their chief security officer M.L. Henry. 

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • This is awarded to members who have contributed over a certain number of years to the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. You receive a Life Membership Award, 2010

    Educational Background:

    • University of Florida B.A. in Political Science, 1994

    Industry Groups

    • Georgia Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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    Office Location for Lawrence Zimmerman

    1800 Peachtree Street, NW
    Suite 300
    Atlanta, GA 30309

    Phone: 404-351-3000

    Fax: 404-352-5636

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